Giants land slugging third baseman Evan Longoria in blockbuster trade


It's a legitimate question as the region's two defining stars, Giancarlo Stanton and Evan Longoria, have both been traded in blockbuster deals that signal the Marlins and the Rays are in the midst of serious rebuilds.

Longoria hit.261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs last season. Even if Longoria returns close to his old form, the Giants are and an aging team who just added a 32-year-old player under contract until age 37.

As part of the assignment bonus, Tampa Bay owes Longoria $1.5 million on December 15, 2025, and $2 million on December 15 in each of the following four years. We may never see the Longoria of old, but make no mistake while there may have been potentially better options, Longoria is still an above average player capable of putting up solid numbers.

Evan Longoria, widely viewed as a fit for the St. Louis Cardinals and their pursuit of a big bat at third base, is off the trade table. The deal was agreed to during the winter meetings last week. However, Span has just one more year on his contract, so he will be off their books by 2019. Tampa Bay will give the Giants $2 million by December 31 to cover Longoria's assignment bonus and an additional $3 million by October 31, 2022.

Also going to the Rays with Span are infielder Christian Arroyo, who had a 34-game stint with the Giants from late April to early June (essentially taking Hunter Pence's spot on the roster while he was on the DL).

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The Giants still need help in the outfield, but whether they can reclaim their status as an NL West power depends largely on their pitching. Pablo Sandoval and Kelby Tomlinson platooned at the position in 2017 for San Francisco, but neither player provided much at all offensively.

Tampa Bay in effect is responsible for $14.5 million of the $88 million Longoria is owed, and the Rays took on $13 million in guaranteed money due to Span.

Krook was once considered a top-15 prospect in the Giants' organization, but his ranking slipped and he finished the season at No. 26 according to He posted a 5.12 ERA and walked 66 batters in only 91.1 innings pitched.

Krook's future might be as a reliever instead of a starter, but he boasts intriguing potential and still has plenty of room to develop. Of the 30 postseason games in Rays history, all 30 have featured Longoria starting at third base. Of course, baseball fans have only ever known "Longo" in a Rays uniform, as they're the only team he's known since being selected No. 3 by the team in the 2006 Draft.